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What Energy Resilience Means in the Sustainable Built Environment: Solutions and Research Trends to Reduce Vulnerabilities and Risks

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (12 July 2023) | Viewed by 4563

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TEBE-IEEM Research Group, Energy Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy
Interests: building physics; energy modelling; energy efficiency; energy simulation; energy assessment

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Interuniversity Department of Regional Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino, Viale Mattioli 39, Turin, Italy
Interests: sustainability; decision support systems; sustainable development; environmental impact assessment; economic appraisal; planning evaluation; econometric analysis; energy economics
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Dear Colleagues,

Alongside the well-known concepts of efficiency and decarbonization, the energy transition must be guided by sustainability and resilience objectives. There is a need to define proper strategies to guarantee energy accessibility, affordability, acceptability, availability, and security. Accessibility is one of the components of intra-generational and intra-national equity. Urban, national, and supra-national energy management requires ensuring physical accessibility to energy sources and access to other types of services such as tools, labor and technologies needed for the provision of high quality and environmentally friendly energy. Accessibility can also be investigated from an economic point of view, as it is important to investigate how affordable the access to energy and resources is. Ensuring that everyone can meet their energy needs at a reasonable cost must be a priority, especially in cases of often-costly high-tech investments needed to facilitate the transition to low-carbon and resilient societies. In addition, social sciences in recent years have made efforts to understand the implications of human activities and not to compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Due to its significant impact, the built environment is recognized as a key player in the energy transition framework. Therefore, the process of renovation of the existing building stock and of construction of new buildings should be guided by these aspects. Specifically, renovation and construction approaches should consider the need to deliver resilient buildings and cities, increasing their adaptability to changes, always pursuing the objectives of energy saving and sustainability. Analyzing the built environment transition from a multi-domain perspective, the concept of resilience not only refers to the need of buildings and cities to adapt to extreme weather events (e.g., increment of external temperatures, severe natural hazards, etc.), which have been significantly increased due to climate change effects, but can be extended to the capability to adapt to a wide range of possible shocks, involving energy, environmental, sociopolitical, and economic aspects. In this framework, the exploitation of smartness is important, allowing us to optimize building operations and to improve their positive interaction with energy systems, providing higher flexibility and reliability to energy networks.

The Special Issue welcome papers that address the issue of:

- Designing resilient buildings to find an answer to climate change, integrated with the urban/rural context and able to reduce their impact on the environment;

- Proposing solutions involving the whole community in a process of urban regeneration that focuses on improving the energy behavior of the built environment;

- Developing the concept of energy resilience within cities to encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources, together with the achievement of significant energy savings and of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency;

- Analyzing the various scales of energy resilience definitions and implications within the built environment, from single building, to community, to city level;

- Investigating sustainable finance instruments and energy policies to support the energy transition of the private sector.

All original research articles and reviews that address energy resilience and sustainability, and not necessarily limited to the list above, are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Giulia Crespi
Dr. Federico Dell’Anna
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  • resilience
  • sustainability
  • energy transition
  • built environment
  • building
  • district
  • city
  • energy community
  • energy systems
  • policy and regulation
  • sustainable finance
  • resilience plan
  • resilience finance
  • energy resilience

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Libro del Edificio Electrónico (LdE-e): Advancing towards a Comprehensive Tool for the Management and Renovation of Multifamily Buildings in Spain
by Paúl Espinoza-Zambrano, Carlos Marmolejo-Duarte and Alejandra García-Hooghuis
Sustainability 2023, 15(4), 2957; - 6 Feb 2023
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In 2018, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) introduced Building Renovation Passports (BRP) to enable buildings to scale energy performance through a Scheduled Renovations Roadmap (SRR). The Digital Building Logbook (DBL) was introduced in 2021 as a repository of relevant building data [...] Read more.
In 2018, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) introduced Building Renovation Passports (BRP) to enable buildings to scale energy performance through a Scheduled Renovations Roadmap (SRR). The Digital Building Logbook (DBL) was introduced in 2021 as a repository of relevant building data to facilitate informed decision-making and information sharing among stakeholders. In Spain, both tools (DBL + SRR) have been studied separately in an incipient way. However, the interconnection of data in the tools come from the same document base. Evidence suggests that when building information is used in isolation, its value is diluted without stakeholder awareness. In this paper, we move towards unifying both tools (DBL+SRR) in a single comprehensive tool called the Libro del Edificio Electrónico (LdE-e), with the aim of producing a single building database to drive multi-building renovations. For this purpose, the data fields of existing building information, assessment and management tools in Spain were studied in detail and reinterpreted in a new interconnected data structure. To evaluate the formulation of the LdE-e proposal, 11 semi-structured interviews were held with a panel of 13 experts specialized in real estate, building and energy efficiency. After these sessions, the LdE-e was reformulated, and the model was strengthened by analyzing vectors such as governance, management, usability, data flows, stakeholders and the impact of including new technologies such as BIM and blockchain. The results suggest that the LdE-e would improve control of the operation and maintenance of (new or existing) buildings, the programming of renovation actions based on deficits identified in technical inspections, and other aspects. Full article
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Designing IAQ-Resilient Post-Pandemic Buildings
by Carola Lingua, Giulia Crespi, Cristina Becchio and Stefano Paolo Corgnati
Sustainability 2023, 15(3), 2187; - 24 Jan 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes to human life and habits. There is an increasing urgency to promote occupants’ health and well-being in the built environment where they spend most of their lives, putting indoor air quality (IAQ) in the spotlight. [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant changes to human life and habits. There is an increasing urgency to promote occupants’ health and well-being in the built environment where they spend most of their lives, putting indoor air quality (IAQ) in the spotlight. This study fits into this context, aiming to provide useful information about the design, construction, and operation of an IAQ-resilient building in the post-pandemic era for it to ensure a good trade-off between energy- and health-related objectives. The PRISMA guidelines were adopted to conducting a systematic review obtaining 58 studies that offered relevant results on two main research areas: (i) the concept of resilience, focusing on its definition in relation to the built environment and to pandemic-related disruptions; and (ii) the building design strategies that are able to increase buildings’ resilience, focusing on the preventive measures involving engineering control. In addition, the metrics and the decision-making tools able to make IAQ-resilient buildings attractive to the investors, focusing on the cost-benefit analysis (CBA) technique, were discussed. The research supported the transition of the building sector to a human-centered approach that is able to include IAQ resilience among the main priorities of future buildings to guarantee the occupants’ health and well-being. Full article
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